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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Concussion Management for Young Athletes
09/20/2010

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

When we hear talk of concussions and sports, we most often think of football. But North Texas’ leading concussion experts are calling for increased awareness and new prevention programs for high school athletes in other sports — especially youth hockey leagues.

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and the Dallas Stars are working together to implement a strict new concussion policy for the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League.

New evidence-based research on concussion gives health care professionals guidelines for not only safe return to play but, more importantly, optimal return to classroom learning.

The new concussion policy for the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League requires an ImPACT™ baseline test for all athletes prior to starting play. The computer-based test establishes each athlete’s baseline neuro-cognitive function. If a player has signs or symptoms of a concussion, they can’t go back into the game and are automatically put on a 14-day disabled list.

A player who hasn’t sufficiently healed from an initial concussion is vulnerable to a second-impact brain injury. The second concussion — even if it involves less force than the initial injury — can lead to brain swelling and cause long-term disabilities.

I congratulate Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and the Dallas Stars for working to make health the top priority for young hockey players across North Texas. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/BenHogan.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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